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and that's where he would meet a young man named barack obama in the 70s. he was introduced by obama's grandfather, stanley dunham. i should back up a little bit. he was african-american. he was a republican from the time of lincoln to fdr. remarkably what so far to the left that during world war ii he joined the communist party. he joined communist party u.s.a. a lot of american communists never joined communist party u.s.a. you literally sworn allegiance to the soviet union, and you committed yourself to a communist party u.s.a. caught a soviet american republic. so davis really went to the other side and after that ended up editing -- he was the founding editor-in-chief of the communist party publication of chicago, the chicago star was a down the line pro-soviet pro-stalin publication. did that for two years and then went off to honolulu was a columnist for the record, basically the publication in honolulu. bro from 1849 to 1957. his writings were incredibly anti-american at the time. especially anti-harry truman because turbine was the president opposing stalin. frank marshall d
obama, the transition. president obama agrees with anything that is deceiving. and redistribution. >> and we all want the same thing. and there is deep disagreement at the moment, and there's so much disagreement right now. the discussion really ideological points. one the best ways. and whether it can be many paths. and what we mentioned. and businesses, if i have a good one. and to be tactical, the question right now is whether -- pecan ground. >> quick question with regards to education. the nyu school of business. i see from that for there are a lot of international students. from personal experience, obviously doing something right by attracting foreign students and go back and implement the things we talked about. are we doing the right thing? why are they coming and while we not going to north korea to study? >> that is the great question. one of the great things about the united states, higher education, and study. that is one of the reasons, if what we talk about facing the home's opportunity to bring back the society you go to business school. doesn't matter what you ta
in the markets. we will get to rich with the latest development now evolving president obama with these powdered subsistence, ricin, or whatever they may be in a couple minutes. dagen: nicole petallides is at the new york stock exchange with more. nicole: easy come easy go. use all the up arrow's yesterday. how about the tech heavy nasdaq version mark down over 2%. you had earnings and both bank of america and intel are to the downside. some cases, seven week lows for the european stocks. back to you. connell: thank you, nicole. dagen: learning a second letter containing a powdered substance thought to be ricin was also sent to president obama. connell: we do not know yet. rich edson has the story. rich: two letters, one sent to a senator, one sent to president obama. intercepted at a secondary facility. both containing a white powdery substance. the one sent to the senator preliminary tested positive for ricin. the one sent to president obama is also being tested right now. those who handled these letters are not showing any symptoms right now of being affected with some type of poison. this is
the obama administration responsible. the money she raised recently came from $5 and $10 contributions. the money came from people who were not in her district. and her district is becoming fed up with her. host: that was michael on the republican line. the national rifle association put out a statement following the defeat of the bill. "new york times seeking a lead editorial -- broderick in albany, georgia. your thoughts? all i amirst of getting ready to graduate from political science. out of the 46 senators, two are from georgia and i plan to get on the phone and talk to them. also agun owner and i am christian. i was shocked when i was 16 years old. that if background checks were into effect back than i could have had not been shot. i'm doing what i can rallies in support to find out why the senators voted against the bill. as you know we have two senators from every state. i am just upset because background to prevent lives that were lost in the other areas -- >> as a gun owner you supported what the senate was debating yesterday? >> i felt that a background check -- they could s
to determine the exact cause of the fire. the obama administration is trying to figure out what if anything it can now do about gun control. the senate gutted legislation that would have approved background checks. four democrats joined republicans in blocking the bill, afterwards an infuriated president obama spoke and described it as a shameful day in washington. in boston today the fbi is considering a possible photo and video release of a person they believe is connected to the marathon bombings on monday. the video was taken by surveillance camera near a lord & taylor store. investigators are debating the benefits and drawbacks of releasing materials to the public. the death toll stands at three dead more than 150 injured. ten remain in critical condition, and media critics are hammering several news organization who wrongly reported that a suspect had been arrested. cnn in addition to the erroneous report that somebody had been arrested also got the man's skin color wrong. no explanation from cnn. stephanie? >> stephanie: david -- >> actually am i supposed to pit
in the drone attack. the legalization if you're an american and overseas and participating -- >> the obama administration has used this legal argument to justify their drone attacks. it's not unfamiliar to them. >> about a year ago or so, the nypd came under fire for some listening in this -- using surveillance techniques on certain groups. >> in new jersey. >> in new jersey. >> right. >> there was a thing going back and forth between new york, new jersey, whether they were allowed to do this or not. with all this going on, aren't we making the case for more of that rather than less of that? >> yeah, we have to do more of it. it's very uncomfortable. it's very -- none of us want to give up any of our privacy, understandable. the reality is this is how you stop them. this is the only way you have to stop them. that is getting the information in advance. they're doing everything they can to hide what they're doing. law enforcement, intelligence agencies, they have to be able to do everything they can to intrude into them to find out what they're doing. >> mayor, as far as i can tell, we knew
president obama's agenda. why should you relate those two guys to immigration? no, let immigration go through. i hope they have the sense of know-how that when they bring this gun bill back -- they brought the health care bill back -- that they vote right. people in this country are hurting. all these republicans do, let's stop obama. republicans, wake up to rick the 90/10 want gun control. people all around the country want to elect this president and want to get his agenda to help this country. host: we will take a look at the prospects for gun control later on this morning. let's go to virginia, the independent line. caller: i just wanted to say that immigration has long been overdue, and we should not have any reason to put it off any more than we have. fromnot see the connection boston to immigration. you can never stop anybody that is wanting to do harm. the same thing in connecticut, the newtown shootings, anything like that. it is sporadic, no matter how much legislation you have, over immigration, gun control, anything like that. i do not think we can afford to put it off any
obama and mississippi senator roger wicker have initially tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison. we should point out the initial tests are sometimes inaccurate but they did create an evacuation in the senate today. i want to bring in chief white house correspondent jessica yellin at the white house and chief congressional correspondent dana bash on capitol hill. jessica, let's start with you. what is the white house telling us about this letter to president obama? i know it didn't actually arrive at the white house, but what do we know about the substance in this letter? >> jake, well, we know first of all that they are -- the fbi and the secret service are continuing to investigate and conducting further tests on this letter. they say that they had protocol set up for exactly this kind of incident and this is the exact standard incident that they, you know, protocol they set up after 9/11. the letter contained a message that was parallel to the same message that was in a letter sent to senator wicker. it said, quote, i am -- it said to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a s
alert right now with the news this hour that a letter addressed to president obama contained a suspicious substance. the letter was intercepted as a screening facility and initial tests show it could contain the deadly poison ricin. the fbi says it's very lard to a letter sent yesterday to senator roger wicker of mississippi. which also tested positive for ricin. a third suspicious package may have arrived at the office of alabama senator richard shelby. investigators do not currently believe there is a connection to the bombing in boston. meanwhile, law enforcement officials in massachusetts are combing through more than 2,000 tips, looking through photos like this one, shall shows a bag sitting by a mailbox before the explosion. it is unclear at this point whether or not the bag has any relevance, but appears to be near the center of the explosion. president obama will be in boston tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims. for the loved once of those killed and maimed in the explosion, there is only confusion and many unanswered questions. joining me today here
. >> president obama kmsts a city and a nation still coming to grips with monday's bombings. >> it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. not here in boston. we may be momentarily knocked off our feet. but we'll pick ourselves up. we'll keep going. we will finish the race. >> and in a small texas town, the frantic search for survivors after an explosion with the force of a small earthquake rips through a fertilizer plant. leveling dozens of homes, a middle school, a nursing home only blocks away. >> we heard a boom and right after the, right after we heard the boom and the concussion hit. it was enough to -- take your breath away. >> the school is gone. the apartments are gone. it's horrible. >> they are still in the search and rescue process. it is a very slow, methodical search at this point and they are using every available resource they have to do that correctly and make sure we don't miss anything or anybody. >>> here in washington an explosion of anger and frustration over the senate's refusal to pass any gun legislation. in a searing "new york time
an apartment in a boston suburb. president obama promises those behind this will be brought to justice. >> we will find out who did this and why they did this. any response groups will feel the weight of justice. >> it's tuesday, april 16. i am scott thuman. >> i'm greta kreuz, in for cynne simpson. first, let's a check on traffic and weather. meteorologist jacqui jeras. >> good morning. we have a cloudy start. patchy mist in a few spots. temperatures in the 50's. 57 in d.c.'s today, we will continue to have an unsettled week with a lot of opportunities for a few showers. temperatures will be above average the next several days. we should top 70 in this afternoon. cooldown expected by the weekend. more details on that in a few minutes from the belfort furniture weather center. now, let's check on traffic with jamee. >> mostly quiet. utility work in the weeds and area of maryland, georgia avenue at university boulevard, a couple lanes blocked. light volume. pennsylvania avenue, woodyard road, overnight construction. nih, on thea near southbound side, one lane getting by. in light volume. road
the bombings. president obama marked the moment of silence from the white house. the u.s. senate held a similar tribute on capitol hill. it is still unclear what impact the boston bombings will have on the immigration debate in congress. but the topic of national security is clearly playing a more prominent role in the discussion. things got tense on capitol hill yesterday when senator chuck schumer sparred republican senator chuck grassley about the future of the legislation. take a look. >> a few ways to improve the bill all for an amendment when we start mark-up in may and let's vote on it. i say that particularly those who were pointing to what happened. the terrible tragedy in boston as a -- i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months oer years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did, sir. >> i didn't say -- >> i didn't say you did. i don't mean you, mr. grassley. >> mr. chairman, i don't appreciate the senator demeaning the witnesses that have come here. >> earlier, senator patrick leahy who chairs the judiciary committee opened the hearing with some tough
republicans are calling on the obama administration to declare the 19-year-old suspect an enemy combatant subject to the loss of four, so intelligence officials can continue to interrogate him for as long as they deem necessary. authorities captured him in watertown, mass. friday evening. they are invoking the public .afety exception he remains hospitalized under sedation and remains unclear what kind of communication they are able to have him at the moment. judy is on the phone from north carolina, independent line. good morning, and welcome to the program. caller: thank you. my thought on the issue is that we are a large nation, an all- inclusive nation, and i believe that the boy scouts is a private organization and has the right to determine who their membership is. i believe there should be a third organization that some of the gay-rights people should put into place, and that would be the rainbow scouts. then they can put all the lbb tea in anything they wanted, -- lgbt. republican senator tim scott delivering the republican response and focusing on the events of the past week, incl
, there is no limitation. president obama says this. some members of my party say the battle has no geographic limitations, and the laws of war apply. it's important to know that the law of war that they're talking about means no due process. boyleston street sure looked -- "i quote from the" wall street journal "editorial." boyleston street sure looked like a battlefield on monday and so did watertown on thursday night. the artificial distinction arises from undue focus on geography. the vital distinction for public safety is between common criminals who deserve due process protections and enemy combatants at war with the united states wherever they are. as for due process, the greatest danger to liberty would be to allow more such attacks that would inspire an even greater public backlash against muslims or free speech or worse. the antiterror types on the left and g.o.p. senators who agree that the u.s. isn't part of the battlefield are making the united states more vulnerable. americans erupted in understandable relief and gratitude on friday with the rapid capture of the terrorist brothers, but we sh
for sunday's race. new york city and los angeles are beefing up security. president obama says who ever is responsible for the bombing attack will feel the full weight of justice. flags are at half-staff as the tribute of the explosions. you are looking at a live picture right now. you will notice heightened security around the region. metro officers working over time and they are asking you to keep your eyes open and report anything suspicious. you may want to give yourself extra time. pa larade begins at 11:00 am. emachines passion day marks the parade day. doctor in that group performed cpr on another runner. we caught up to some of the group's other members and they say boston looked like a war zone. >> i said no, this can't be a bomb. i was a former navy officer and seeing something like that. and 15 seconds later, when the second bomb went off we knew this was for real. more than calling for hope. >> i need lanes open here. the communications as they were rushing to hope. >> tensions remain high. and it is saping up to be a an[ male announcer ] what if you could redesign business
court and the statement taken from him cannot be used against him in that trial. >> while the obama administration has agreed to delay a reading of his miranda rights under a public safety exemption, secretary of defense chuck hagel has not seen evidence to link the bombings to terror groups. scrutiny turns to the fbi who reportedly questioned the older brother tamerlan in 2011 at the request of a foreign government. this is so interesting. of russia. the fbi told the a.p. despite interviewing him and relatives they did not find any activity. the agency dropped the ball. richard, i wonder if there is going to be a lot of questions and maybe even hearings out of this or what comes to mind just knowing those basic facts? >> there probably will be hearings of the fbi whether it learned more or could have done more. critics say that is monday morning quarterbacking. it ought to be about what we were talking about, what can we do to prevent or identify young people who are radicalized and how did we respond and how what did we learn about lockdowns. as the military would say it ought not
points on the backs of weary travelers. it should be to fix the problem. look, the obama administration knew about the sequester for months, for months, yet it gave the traveling public and congress only three days' notice before implementing the furloughs that are now being blamed for these delays. the f.a.a. administrator testified before the commerce and appropriations committees last week but made no mention of the magnitude and impact of delays of these furloughs that were just right around the corner. it seems completely bluesable t- completely implausible to me when hthat he didn't mention thn he testified last week. this episode is a perfect illustration of why republicans sought to give the administration even greater flexibility to ensure they could prioritize essential services. one of the areas for which that flexibility was intended was air traffic control. the fact that the administration rejected it strongly suggests a political motive is at play here. i would also remind everyone that this flexibility was reflected by nearly every -- rejected by nearly every democrat in
shrapnel type wounds. the white house is calling it an act of terror. president obama made it clear whoever is responsible will be brought to justice. >> we still not know who did this or why. and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts but make no mistake we will get to the bottom of this. and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> several more unexploded devices were found but there is some confusion as to exactly how many. also police initially said a third explosion happened at the john f. kennedy library but later said it was related to a fire. >> the explosions in boston have prompted concerns hoff of homeland security and have affected air travel around the country -- >> several flights have landed at reagan national from boston this evening. they are -- we also are noticing that the passengers are speaking in shock and disbelief about the explosions. there have been delays all over the country. >> logan airport had tweeted that the f.a.a. is
and evidence collects teams have been brought in from new york. at the white house president obama vowed it will be a swift and thorough search for whomever planted the device. >> anyresponsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: police questioned man who was injured and being treated in a boston hospital. the investigators say he's not considered a suspect nora person of interest. and so far police are still not commenting on the specific aspects of their investigation. however, we do know they spent seven hours in revere, massachusetts. not too far from where we stand right now. and going through an apartment building. they were seen bringing out evidence bags to their cars p however, no arrests were made. th charisma loan. now back to you. >>> we are learning more this morning about the little boy who may be the youngest victim to lose his life in yesterday's attack. this is 8 year old martin richard. our sister station in boston is reporting that martin was watching his father finish the race when he was killed in that blast. his father is suffering a severe br
a spokesperson for the pakistani taliban is denying any role in all this. president obama has sent resources to this area and he said those responsible will feel the weight of justice. reporting live, brianne carter, abc 7 news. >> thank you. we're hearing from a runner from rockville who was in boston when the bombs went off. ,> tom roussey is in boston continuing live team coverage with the latest. massachusetts'governor says this will not be business as usual in boston today. you can see evidence of that behind me where police and shut down many streets surrounding the square that's a few blocks away from where the marathon ended. that's the area where the bombs went off yesterday. there were a number of folks from the d.c. area around when that happened. spirit video from yesterday. there were hundreds of runners from the d.c. area, from northern virginia, maryland, the district, who had finished by this stage or in the process of finishing. fortunately, we have not heard of any injuries from folks in this area. we spoke last night to a member of a, montgomery county road runners. dan li
graduate student lu lingzi was set for this evening. back in washington, president obama also observed a moment of silence at the white house as did the u.s. senate. but tempers flared earlier at a senate hearing. iowa senator chuck grassley was one of several republicans who've said the bombings, allegedly by two chechen immigrants, raise questions about immigration reform. >> i think we're taking advantage of an opportunity where once in 25 years we deal with immigration to make sure that every base is covered. >> brown: that sparked a heated exchange between grassley and new york democrat chuck schumer. >> i say that particularly those who are pointing to what happened, the terrible tragedy in boston, as i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months and years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did sir. >> i didn't say anything about... >> i didn't mean you, mr. grassley. >> those remarks were not aimed at anyone on this committee or the three witnesses. there are people out there; you've read it in the newspapers; they've said it. >> brown: there were
right now, wolf, is a letter addressed to president obama that contained a suspicious substance and that's all that we're being told, was intercepted at an offsite mail processing facility. this is a mail facility run by the secret service where they get all the mail addressed to the white house. and they check it for this very reason, to screen it, to do scientific tests to make sure it's safe to come here. it had a suspicious substance in it, we are told, wolf, by a law enforcement source that there are similarities to the letter sent to senator wicker. what exactly does that mean i've asked my sources, so far, wolf, inconclusive at this point. we do know there were some marks, i guess you could say identifying marks in the wicker letter, a postmark from memphis, tennessee. there was no return sender. we don't know if that nor the message included in the letter to senator wicker if that bears the similarity, but we are being told that there are similarities. so it certainly makes you wonder if it could have been sent from the same person or if they think -- if authorities think it is.
also asked for a moment of silence. ask all members, please rise. mayorsident obama joined at an interfaith service in boston to honor the victims of the boston marathon bombings. the bombings left to the people dead and more than 100 50 people injured. , thewing the service president and first lady lady visited with victims still in the hospital. this service from the cathedral of holy cross in south boston is 90 minutes. >> ♪ but now i'm found ♪ [congregation sings "amazing n ce"] ♪ >> welcome to the cathedral of .he holy cross in south bend boston prays together. of are watching live images the interior of the mother church of the archdiocese of boston. this service was an opportunity for this community to come together in the wake of the tragic events at the boston marathon this week. --sident here is in the present here in the cathedral, president barack obama, governor deval patrick among mayor thomas menino, along with federal, state and local officials and leaders of faith communities around the boston area. i am the president of catholic tv network, and thank
a couple weeks ago, anything you say against obama is good policy. that is his opinion and that the way he's going. should be tried in federal court, because they have a couple options -- the death .enalty if he does not want to cooperate, they could go ahead with the death penalty. then you'll see how fast he turns. as far as being a military combatant, no, that's out of the question. he is a u.s. citizen. hanks for the call from south carolina. i want to show you a few of the front pages. this is the boston globe this morning. several other stories about the attacks. boston paper with the bombing on the front page, this is "the guardian out of london. if a picture on the front page shows runners observing a moment of silence before the start of the london marathon yesterday, less than a week after the attacks at the boston marathon. is up next from massachusetts on the republican line. caller: he is an enemy combatant. an 8-year-old boy with a bomb. he used his telephone to say he wanted to kill more americans, so he proved that. he was an enemy. host: the you think that he should end up
weight of justice. >>> president obama speaking earlier today after being briefed on the bomb blasts that killed three people near the finish line of the boston marathon and injured well over a hundred more. many of those injuries grievous. what is the white house saying at this hour? what are you hearing from the top? >> well, good evening, rachel. senior administration officials tell me that president obama will continue to be briefed on this situation throughout the evening. right now the white house is approaching this as an act of terror. i can read you the latest statement that we have from a senior administration official and i believe we have a graphic of that as well. any event with multiple explosive devices is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. however, we don't know yet who carried out this attack. and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried outpy a troshist group, foreign or domestic. now i can tell you that is really the key question here tonight. was this carried out by a terrorist group homeg
. as president obama has said, the f.b.i. is investigating this as an act of terrorism. and the full force of the federal government will support the response and the investigation. there is no current indication to suggest the attack was indicative of a broader plot but out of caution, we continue to keep in place enhanced security measures, both seen and unseen in coordination with the federal, state and local partners. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> we'll leave this program and go back to the house where they're voting on the first amendment of the cybersecurity bill. h.r. 624. will the gentleman from texas, mr. mar shan, kindly take the chair. -- mr. marchant kindly take the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of h.r. 624 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to provide for the sharing of certain cyberthreat intelligence and cyberthreat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurit
you think, why you think this and they say they never got a response. >> the obama administration has okayed the suspension of the suspect's miranda rights. is that a temporary suspension? >> reporter: yes, by law it is. it's called the public safety exception to the miranda rule. normally you have to tell someone they have a right to remain silent and if you don't, then you can't use anything they tell you in court. so that's why the miranda warning is given. but there is an exception. you don't have to do it if there's a possible threat to public safety. and here obviously there's a concern about whether there are potential accomplices. investigators say they haven't found any. or other explosives. they say they haven't found any of those either but that's what they want to ask him. and this exception probably begins to expire the moment you invoke it so it's probably no good for more than a day or two but nonetheless they can do that. afterwards they'll have to give him his miranda warning and say whether he'll continue to answer questions. the justice department says even in very
are playing instruments and putting down flags to pay tribute to the victims. >>> and president obama ordered the white house flag lowered to half staff today to honor those hurt in the explosions. and he also asserted the nation's strength in the face of this tragedy. >>> american people refused to be terrorized. because what we saw yesterday in the aftermath, the stories were of kindness, generosity, and love. the exhausted runners who kept running to the hospital to give blood. and those who stayed to tend the wounded, some tearing off their clothes to make tourniquets, and the men and women still treating them at some of the best hospitals. so if you want to know who we are, and america is, and how we respond to evil, that is it, selflessly, compassionately. >>> and cars were towed from the streets around pennsylvania avenue, ahead of the emancipation day parade. more on how the country is reacting. >> reporter: jim, the nation's capitol is home to all sorts of big public events and places. today was just a little different. from quiet moments at the korean war memorial, tourists at the n
president obama will have dinner with all of the women in the senate. tomorrow he and the first lady will head to texas first for a fundraiser and then on thursday they will attend a dedication for the bush library and then a memorial service for the victims on the explosion in west texas. >>> a new poll shows elizabeth bush opening up a nine point lead over sanford. sanford took out this full page ad explaining the trespassing charges against him. we will see what the voters think on may 7. >>> welcome to twitter dr. jill biden. her handle is@dr. biden. former congressman anthony weiner is back on twitter with a new handle. his tag line, fighting to keep new york city the capital of the middle class. he already has more than 7,000 followers and he follows no one. >>> if you read one thing this morning my must read is a posting from "time" magazine about what happened in the six months plus that tamerlan tsarnaev spent in russia. it's up on our facebook page at facebook/jansingco. carfirmation. only hertz gives you a carfirmation. hey, this is challenger. i'll be waiting for you in s
and responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. after president obama mitt of commons on monday nights in white house official told reporters that the boston bombing appears to be an act of terror and will be treated as such. on flag is at half staff capitol hill today. for thosef silence victims of the boston explosion. we will begin their with what you thought happened when three were killed and hundreds injured at the boston marathon is today. -- boston marathon yesterday. et asan send as a twe well. comments onr foo facebook.com/cspan. with "the boston globe." the front page of "the usa today," with their take on what happened, this is what the reporters had to say -- that is " usa today," this morning. also this morning, inside "the baltimore sun," reporting this -- they're all in st. louis, missouri. you are up first. my thoughts are this is horrendous. it takes me back to iraq. bombswe have been in iraq have been going off every day. people have been killed, women and children. not a peep out of the american people. this goes on and all a sudden it is war. we have to unde
review board. clearly even john kerry is not confident in the obama administration's versions of the verns -- events. kerry promised the committee that he would clear the air, in his words, though he also repeatedly used the phrase that clears the air needs to be done so we can move on to far more important issues. and i am so grateful to secretary kerry for taking that position. we do need to get to the truth. dead d at benghazi, the americans cry out for truth. hose who were harmed and hurt, americans there deserve the truth. opefully we will get that. mr. speaker, with so much suffering and anguish right now in america, it is still the greatest nation in the history of the world. and may god guide the leadership in this country, that we don't drop the ball and fail on our watch. that we show ourselves to be worthy recipients of the gifts of liberty given to us by prior nerations, all coming as the founders noted as a gift from god. ith that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair will entertain a motion to adjourn
weight of justice. >> president obama speaking earlier today after being briefed on the bomb blasts that killed three people near the finish line of the boston marathon and that injured well over 100 more. many of those injuriy iey ies g. kristen welker joins us now. what is the white house saying at this hour? what are you hearing from the top? >> reporter: good evening, rachel. senior administration officials tell me president obama will continue to be briefed on this situation throughout the evening. right now, the white house is approaching this as an act of terror. i can read you the latest statement that we have from a senior administration official, rachel. i believe we have a graphic of that as well. this is according to an official who says, "any event with multiple explosive devices as this appears to be is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. however, we don't yet know who carried out this attack and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic." now, i can
's second term. four months after president obama called the country to action in the wake of the newtown shootings, using all of the power of the presidency to push gun safety measures, every measure he championed went down to defeat on the senate floor. when the compromise took shape, there was optimism they could get something through the senate but this bill to expand background checks for gun buyers only managed to win 54 votes. it needed 60 to move forward. >> shame on you! >> there will be order in the senate. >> the tucson shooting survivor who wrestled a third gun clip away from gerald loughner screamed when they heard the measure had failed and were escorted out of the capitol. four democrats voted no and four republicans voted for it. after the background check legislation which the white house believed had the best chance of passing was defeated. one by one the senate blocked proposals to ban assault weapons, limit magazines and by agreeing to a 60-vote threshold on all amends, democrats held off passage of republican amendments they believed would weaken or kill the bill. an
for victims of the bombing and for the entire city. president obama spoke at an interfaith service thursday boston's cathedral of the holy cross. >> you've shown us, boston. that in the face of evil, americans will lift up what's good. in the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. >> we have more on religious responses in boston. ♪ ♪ >> at thursday's interfaith service, local religious leaders prayed for the healing of their city in the wake of the attks. >> we must overcome the culture of death by promoting a culture of life. a profound respect for each and every human being made in the image and likeness of god. we must cultivate a desire to give our lives to the service of others. >> within moments of the bombing, clergy and faith-based groups mobilize to do what they could to help. as victims of the bombing were brought to tufts medical center, interfaith chaplain mary lou was on site to offer counseling and prayer. she said one injured woman expressed what many were feeling. >> she said the hardest thing about this is, that some human being can treat other human beings like th
with the global terrorist threat. on taking office, president obama declined to undertake an official study of what happened. senator leahy introduced legislation to establish a truth commission, and congress failed to act on it. so in many respects, this task force, this report is the comprehensive examination of the treatment of suspected terrorists that official washington has been reluctant to conduct. task force members believe that having an understanding of what occurred during this period of serious threat and willingness to acknowledge any shortcomings strengthen the nation and equip us to better cope with any future crises. it knowing what happened, our reputation, as an exemplary practitioner of the rule of law, will clearly be damaged. the task force is made up of as jenny said, a broad cross-section of folks have been in government, who understand government, who understand military, who understand the role of intelligence. the bios are in your folder but i would like to take just a minute to introduce them at this time. dr. gerald thomson, the former, our professor emeritus at
in the bombing but so far is not classified as a suspect. president obama vows to bring r whoever is responsible to justice. do not know who did this or why and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before wenc have alllu the facts, but make o mistake, we will get to the gett bottom of this. and we will find out who did did this, we will find out why theyy did this. this. >> three people were killed in the explosions including an 8-year-old boy. more than 140 people were also injured, 17 of them critically.t >>> there's heightened security at a number of high risk locations throughout the drisk district as a precaution. that includes the white houseite and today's emancipation paradea melanie alnwick is outside of the white house.house. melanie. >> reporter: noticeable noti security throughout the area including at international inten airport and of course, here at the white house alonghous pennsylvania avenue.pennsylvan thiae u.s. see vet service has expanned its security perimeteri but not because of any sesk intellencany specificintelligen. a secret service spokesperson saying the action take
house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although ther
: president obama has spoken to federal andand massachusetts officials in thehe aftermath of the blasts and he e is proposing that who whoever is responsible will be held accountable.acco in boston, jennifer davis, tonyn and sarah, back to you. >>> since security has heightened in a number of locations in a number of citiesi across the u.s. as a precautionc that includes the nation's natis capital. >> the city's emancipation day y parade will go on as scheduled.. melanie alnwick is live at freedom plaza with more on the e extra police presence, good pres morning melanie. >> reporter: good morning, tony and sarah, yes. freedom plaza right behind me is where the parade is going togoio wrap up, and there will be al ba street festival following the te parade. and yes, there's additional addi security here. a little wider perimeter, peri perhaps than they would have hae ordinarily had.had. notice that both security ask on display across the area from areas of the national airportnal all the way to the white house. the u.s. secret service has expanded its perimeter aroundmer the grounds of the whit
is former secret service agent for barack obama, dan is with us. welcome back. one of the things i was thinking of today, and i know this is your area of expertise and having worked at the secret service and having protected barack obama, do you think as a matter of course being the boston marathon that they had bomb sniffing dogs prayer to the marathon? >> right, but we are assuming the bombs were placed there today when the security cordon was set up. but what if you got in before it was set up and pro placed an explosive. pennsylvania avenue doesn't have any devices but when he walked down we had the entire cordon set up. so don't assume they were put there today. >> what would be the process, then, as it relates to law enforcement when they have a big crowd like this? i assume you have to have bomb sniffing dogs going in and out at some point, right? >> right. but what we would do in the secret service and i don't know how practical for an event like the marathon, you have to clean the area out first. sweep it with the dogs, the explosives personnel from the military would look
kevin curtis, the man accused of sending ricin laced mail to president obama and a senator. authorities have searched the home of another man. >>> white house spokesman jay carney began his press conference on the president's safety. >>> 20 female senators are at the white house having dinner with president obama. last week he hosted a group of democratic senators. back to "hardball." >>> welcome back to "hardball." in philadelphia, right now, the trial of an abortion doctor charged with the murder of babies the prosecutors say were born alive, is generating national headlines. of course, it was page 1 of today's "usa today" with the headline "gruesome testimony renews debate over abortion." i'm not sure about that, but it is gruesome testimony. a grand jury report released in 2011 called the clinic a house of horrors. the bottom line remains this is a murder case. let's keep our heads around that. originally dr. kermit gosnell was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder for killing babies that were allegedly born alive and viable. today a judge threw out three of the seven mur
should zpokt see more security. >> president obama says law enforcement will be relentless in finding those responsible. the secret service expanded it's perimeter of the white house today. here is a picture of the president given the news from boston. >> we still do not know who did this or y people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have the facts but make no mistake. we'll get to the bomb both yom of this and find out who did this, why they did this. any response -- any responsible individuals and groups will feel the weight of justice. >> fbi is taking the lead in this investigation coordinating with state and local law enforcement in boston. >> needless to say sporting convenient use on heightened alert tonight that. is the case in oakland. a's and warriors are playing. we're live with that part of the story. >> entrance to the coliseum is to the right. a's fans converging in this one area. police say they're at a heightened state after wareness looking for anything in these crowds. oracle arena will be using metal detectors tonight but we've seen alameda county bomb squad c
's approach -- obama's administration's approach. there is an assessment coming into the obama administration that the united states has overreacted to north korea. provocations and overtures. that when there was a hint from p'yongyang they would be willing to make some improvement, we would get to the negotiating table. similarly, when it was a provocation we wrap up quickly. we wanted to see if we could break that cycle. in the first few years we saw a and we generally stuck to our guns and principles and cut the door open for discussions on the conditions of what north korea had already agreed to. i think it is important to note that we should not confuse strategic patients with standing still. the u.s. has been fairly active in its approach to north korea more broadly, in terms of enacting robust sanctions against north korea. other forathe un and to enhance our sanctions and international pressure and to isolate p'yongyang. also the efforts to enhance our alliance of partnership capabilities and enhance our military presence in the region under the strategic rebalancing, also buttressed
within these agencies, not a congress. under the obama administration, immigration agents can no longer arrest those who violate.s depression agents cannot arrest an individual for entering the united states illegally. we can arrest and individual who illegally overstays a visa. immigration agents are prohibited from enforcing law regarding fraudulent documents theft.ntifty agents are urged to apply the dream to adults inmates in jails and releasing adults back into the communities, criminals who have committed felonies, assault and our officers are and who prey on children. at the same time, ice officers are punished that trend by dhs and ice leadership, with a loss of their jobs, simply because they attempt to off enforce the law. and provide for public safety. since the gang of eight has chosen to ignore enforcement officei ha uld ke to ask them publicly. dick rubio, chuck schumer, durbin, john mccain, pat leahy, lindsay graham, robert menendez, jeff flake, michael beck, as united states senators, representatives of the people, where have you been for the last four years? what have y
called for president obama to be impeached over what he considered the sprawling government cover-up. surrounded the student that saudi arabia and al-qaeda. >> you know what's very interesting in this, the saudi national you know, the poor young guys splashed on the front payment in the "new york post," a lot of right wing chatter about a missing brown university student, might have been involved in this. and authorities said absolutely not. look, take a step back. there was an absolute burning desire to find a mideastern guy to be the suspect. and the "new york post" and other conservative outlets like glenn beck, they proved that they'll just make it up. it was such a burning desire to have the story fit the their at this that they wanted. that they were willing and they have the media tools to just start make stuff up and creating their own reality and creating their own parallel universe. where hey, it is a saudi. guess what. we decided it is a saudi. so that's the story we're going to go with because that's the story we want. if you just take a couple of seconds, imagine, you
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